Ellie an African savanna elephant at Lowry Park Zoo

Female ♀ African savanna Ellie at Lowry Park Zoo

Ellie. Lowry Park Zoo 2008. Photo: © Amanda Pippin
ID nr:   SSP Number: 236 - 
Species: African savanna elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 38 years old
Body weight: 3295.45 kg, 7250.00 lbs
Management:Protected contact
Location:Lowry Park Zoo
ArrivalLowry Park Zoo 2003-04-18 from Knoxville Zoo
Knoxville Zoo 1998-08-03
from Gulf Breeze Zoo Northwest Florida
Gulf Breeze Zoo Northwest Florida 1986-02-18
from Frank Thompson (Bradenton)
Frank Thompson (Bradenton) 1986-02-18
from Baton Rouge Zoo
Baton Rouge Zoo 1984-08-11
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)
Born:* 1982 wild Namibia
Capture: 1983 ,
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (M) 2005-10-17 Tamani, SSP nr: 544
Document updated2008-12-20: Source
2009-01-04: Management, Text, Image
2009-10-05: Previous locations, Text
Eleven elephants were imported from Mkhaya Game Reserve, one of the two protected areas for elephants in Swaziland. The San Diego Zoological Society and Lowry Park Zoo collaborated on the project to capture and import the eleven wild born elephants for a total sum of one million rand, or approximately US$132,000 ($12,000 per specimen). San Diego received 1.6 elephants and Lowry Park received 2.2, transported over the ocean by a 747 jet. The elephants were all named by Swazi game park rangers in the siSwati language.
Lowry Park's four elephants included the two bulls Msholo (pronounced um-show-lo, meaning “the one who appears from nowhere") and Sdudla (stood-luh, translating to “stout or sturdy.”) The two cows were Matjeka (muh-chay-guh, meaning “skewed tusks) and Mbali (um-bahl-ee, translating to “pretty flower.”)
Before the arrival of the four in August 2003, Lowry Park Zoo acquired Ellie, an older cow from the Knoxville Zoo to help the new herd acclimate in their new surroundings. In October 2005, she gave birth to the first elephant in the Floridia zoo's history, impregnated via artificial insemination by a bull from another Florida facility. Three months later in January 2006, Sdudla, was transferred to the Montgomery Zoo to start a third breeding program from the 2003 original imports. There he sired the first two elephant births in the Alabama zoo's history, a female calf born in November 2007 and a stillborn calf in August 2008 which killed the mother. In October 2009, Lowry Park Zoo sent their remaining bull Msholo to the San Diego Wild Animal Park to create a second breeding group at the institution.

When at the Zoo Northwest in Florida Ellie was worked in free contact.
In December 2005, Ellie weighted 7,250 pounds.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Ellie, an African savanna at Lowry Park Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=905. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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